James SpaethSenior Advisor, Pacific Region
U.S. Department of Energy
Mr. Spaeth serves as the Senior Advisor for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Region activities. Previous to this position Mr. Spaeth served as DOE’s Director for the Office of Commercialization & Project Management, located in Golden, Colorado. In that role Mr. Spaeth was responsible for execution, oversight and commercialization of DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) program technologies in partnership with private industry, academia, and the national laboratories. Mr. Spaeth also led the DOE’s Golden Field Office Biomass Program team focusing on research, commercialization, outreach and policy development in support of advanced biofuels. Mr. Spaeth joined DOE in 1994, initially working in project management in the areas of biomass power, biofuels, solar thermal, photovoltaics, and hybrid electric vehicle technologies. In addition, Mr. Spaeth served as a Legislative Fellow for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on the Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee.
Prior to joining DOE, Mr. Spaeth worked for over 10 years in the aerospace industry in engineering and business development positions with McDonnell Douglas and Boeing. Mr. Spaeth’s educational background includes a Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering earned with high honors from the University of Illinois and a Masters in Business Administration with an emphasis in Technology Management and International Market Development.